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Water Smart Program

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Learn about our local watershed and keeping it healthy through daily actions and sustainable gardening techniques. 

Watershed Girl

The Problem: Urban Water Pollution

When it rains or we water our gardens, the excess water carries pollutants into the storm drains. The storm drains connect directly to local streams and lakes, ending up in Puget Sound.

Toxins from our yards, gardens and streets, like fertilizers and pesticides, bacteria from animal waste, motor oil and soap are transported into the watershed. This poisons fish and our marine ecosystem.

The good news is that individuals can do a lot to stem this pollution.

Get Water Smart

Being Water Smart means treating your landscape as its own little watershed, incorporating features that can manage rainwater during the fall and winter, and conserve water during the summer. This can be as simple as building healthy soil with compost and mulch, or installing a more complex system like a rain garden or pervious pavement. But how do you know which options are right for your site? And where do you start?

Step-by-Step Guidance

Water Smart ToolkitSeattle Tilth’s new Water Smart Toolkit: Your Guide to Creating a Water Smart Landscape provides step-by-step guidance to savvy homeowners who want to develop a Water Smart landscape. Tools include:

  • site assessment checklist and templates
  • detailed guidance for nine Water Smart projects
  • cost comparison and site suitability charts
  • links to the most up-to-date technical information
  • maintenance planning tools
  • contractor recommendations

Download the Toolkit

Download the Water Smart Toolkit here.

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Learn About Organic Gardening

The garden is a great place to take action! By using sustainable gardening principles, Seattle residents can save money and grow beautiful landscapes while protecting the water we all share. Find out about our organic gardening classes or ask the Garden Hotline your questions.

Contact Us

To learn more, email Jenn Leach at or call (206) 633-0451 ext. 124.

Thanks to King Conservation District, the Russell Family Foundation and the Rose Foundation for supporting the Water Smart program.

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